World History

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  1. Book ImageChildren of the Sun: A History of Humanity's Unappeasable Appetite for Energy

    Alfred W. Crosby

    We don’t often recognize the humble activity of cooking for the revolutionary cultural adaptation that it is. But when the hearth fires started burning in the Paleolithic, humankind broadened the exploitation of food and took one of several great leaps forward.More

  2. Book ImageThe Killing Zone: My Life in the Vietnam War

    Frederick Downs, Jr.

    “The best damned book from the point of view of the infantrymen who fought there.”—Army TimesMore

  3. Book ImageThe Global Revolutions of 1968

    Jeremi Suri

    The revolutions of 1968 represent the culmination of 1960's protest movements across the globe.More

  4. Book ImageThe Last Expedition: Stanley's Mad Journey through the Congo

    Daniel Liebowitz, Charles Pearson

    A noble rescue mission descends into a nightmare of cruelty, starvation, and cannibalism, bringing to a close the European exploration of Africa. "Liebowitz and Pearson have written an illuminating saga of the dark days of colonialism."—National Geographic AdventureMore

  5. Book ImageThe Pursuit of Oblivion: A Global History of Narcotics

    Richard Davenport-Hines

    A startling account of the history of drug abuse, this book forces us to reconsider many of our views on a controversial issue.More

  6. Book ImageGoverning China: From Revolution to Reform

    Kenneth Lieberthal

    Second Edition

    Governing China: From Revolution to Reform, the leading text for courses on Chinese politics has been thoroughly revised and updated.More

  7. Book ImageThe Human Web: A Bird's-Eye View of World History

    J. R. McNeill, William H. McNeill

    Why did the first civilizations emerge when and where they did? How did Islam become a unifying force in the world of its birth? What enabled the West to project its goods and power around the world from the fifteenth century on? Why was agriculture invented seven times and the steam engine just once?More

  8. Book ImageGlobalization in World History

    A. G. Hopkins

    Globalization has become an issue of the greatest urgency in the first decade of the new century.

  9. Book ImageThe Cartoon History of the Universe III: From the Rise of Arabia to the Renaissance

    Larry Gonick

    An irreverent survey in comics spanning world history from the birth of Islam to the Byzantine Empire to the Italian Renaissance.More

  10. Book Image1688: A Global History

    John E. Wills, Jr.

    "A totally absorbing book...imaginative and erudite, full of startling juxtapositions and flashes of real perception."—Jonathan D. SpenceMore

  11. Book ImageJapan: A Modern History

    James L. McClain

    Japan: A Modern History provides a comprehensive narrative that integrates the political, social, cultural, and economic history of modern Japan from the investiture of Tokugawa Ieyasu in 1603 to the present.More

  12. Book ImageThe Search for Modern China

    Jonathan D. Spence

    "A remarkable achievement...vivid...fluent, graceful.... A publishing event."—Boston GlobeMore

  13. Book ImageThe Muslim Discovery of Europe

    Bernard Lewis

    "Full of rare and exact information…A distinguished work." —New York Review of BooksMore

  14. Book ImageSomething New Under the Sun: An Environmental History of the Twentieth-Century World

    J. R. McNeill

    "Refreshingly unpolemical and at times even witty, McNeill's book brims with carefully sifted statistics and brilliant details."—Washington Post Book WorldMore

  15. Book ImageWhen Broken Glass Floats: Growing Up Under the Khmer Rouge

    Chanrithy Him

    Chanrithy Him felt compelled to tell of surviving life under the Khmer Rouge in a way "worthy of the suffering which I endured as a child."More

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